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Support Croton Village Reusable Bag Initiative

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Why support a Reusable Bag Initiative?

  • 100 billion single use plastic bags enter U.S. landfills and waterways each year.
  • An average American family uses 1,500 bags a year.
  • A plastic bag is used on average for 12 minutes.
  • It then takes a thousand years to degrade
  • Nationally, only 1% of these bags are recycled.  Plastic recycling facilities won't take them because they are incompatible with other types of hard plastic.
  • Westchester County does not recycle plastic bags.  Our bags end up being incinerated in Peekskill (Charles Point) and contributing to air pollution.

What are we asking for?

  • Reusable Bag Ordinance: A village-wide Reusable Bag Ordinance will reduce single-use plastic bag consumption.

  • Westchester Municipalities are Leading the Way: Hastings, Rye, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and New Castle have all passed ordinances. Pleasantville, Bedford, Mt. Kisco, and Ossining currently are  considering similar proposals.

  • It's Not a Tax: Stores (grocery, pharmacy, and convenience) will charge 10 cents for post -consumer paper bags to encourage residents to bring reusable bags. These businesses would keep the 10 cent charge, and would use it to offset the costs of multi-use bags.

  • Exceptions Would Apply: Exceptions would be made for bags used specifically for meat, produce, prescription drug orders, dry-cleaning and newspapers.

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